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Steph Curry gets sweet Manila welcome, tries ‘halo-halo’

Steph Curry gets sweet Manila welcome, tries ‘halo-halo’

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s always been customary for Filipinos to treat their visitors to their local food and there is nothing more quintessential than a bowl, or two, of halo-halo.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Steph Curry grateful for dad Dell’s influence in his career Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The cold sweet treat composed of shaved ice, milk, jelly, ice cream, purple yam, and various sweetened fruits is a dessert loved by many— even NBA superstar Stephen Curry.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Halo-halo was served to Curry after he finished his workout Friday at Shangri-La in Bonifacio Global City before his scheduled press conference.“I have a sweet tooth, and I like it a lot,” said the NBA champion Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Curry is in the Philippines as part of his UnderArmour tour, where he is also launching a new colorway of Curry 5s in bright yellow, which he wore on Friday.“This is the best post workout meal,” said Curry.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Video claims to show U.S. pilot dragged from crash

Video claims to show U.S. pilot dragged from crash

first_imgBAGHDAD, Iraq – Gunmen shouting “God is Great!” dragged the burning body of what they said was a U.S. pilot in a horrific video posted Wednesday on the Web by a new al-Qaida-affiliated group that claimed it shot down an Apache helicopter last weekend. The U.S. military expressed outrage over the release of “such a despicable video for public exposure” but said it had serious doubts that the footage was authentic. The AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter was downed near Youssifiyah, 12 miles southwest of Baghdad on Saturday, killing the two pilots. A U.S. statement said troops had recovered “all available remains” although “reports of a Web site video suggest that terrorists removed part of a body from the crash site.” The flaming wreckage of a helicopter could be seen clearly in the video, including outlines of the aircraft’s blades and jagged pieces of wreckage strewn over a field. The camera panned over bloodstained debris, then showed several men dragging the burning body of a man across a field as they shouted “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is Great!” Voices could be heard in the background shouting “come, come, help me carry it.” The body’s face was not visible, but the camera zoomed in on what appeared to be his waistline, which showed a scrap of underwear with the brand name “Hanes.” It appeared the man was wearing tattered digital camouflage fatigues, which are worn by U.S. troops in Iraq. The time stamp on the video, which shows the minutes and seconds, do not run sequentially, and the scenes appear disjointed. The posting also included bombing scenes filmed elsewhere, indicating the material had been edited as a propaganda package. Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, a spokesman for the command, said the wreckage shown on the video “does appear to be an AH-64” but added that other helicopters of that type have been lost. “We have serious doubts about the authenticity of this video, a common tactic we see terrorist groups use to keep the stories they want alive in the media,” he said. But in Alexandria, Va., Ben Venzke, head of IntelCenter, a defense contractor that monitors militants’ statements, said it appeared on first viewing that the tape was authentic. Although the date stamp on the video was Sunday, April 2, a day after the crash, Venzke said the discrepancy could be simply a technical error in the setting. “Based on an initial review of the footage, it would seem to indicate the downing of a helicopter and the removal of crew and passengers from the craft,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

HALF TIME IN ULSTER SENIOR FOOTBALL FINAL: DONEGAL 0-4 V 0-8 MONAGHAN

HALF TIME IN ULSTER SENIOR FOOTBALL FINAL: DONEGAL 0-4 V 0-8 MONAGHAN

first_imgDONEGAL will need to regroup at half time and prove their mental strength after going down 0-4- to 0-8 to Monaghan at Clones.Rory Gallagher’s men started off the brightest but it was Monaghan who ended the first half well on top.Paddy McBrearty opened the scoring with a fantastic left point after just 1 min. He had the ball in his hand for less than one second before he took aim and fired over the bar. Karl Lacey came in from the right touchline and scored a superb point after two minutes. Pure class from Lacey.After four minutes Monaghan pulled a point back with a free kick from Conor McManus.Frank McGlynn scored on five minutes to increase the gap to two points. 3-1 to Donegal.First wide to Donegal came on seven minutes when Paddy McBrearty fired well wide of the Monaghan uprights. But Karl O’Connell closed the gap to one point with a great point from open play on nine minutes.Donegal’s Frank McGlynn is the first to go into the referee’s book and is given a yellow card for a high challenge on a Monaghan player.But Conor McManus skews his free wide of the Donegal uprights on 11 minutes.On 13 minutes Paul Durcan spread himself down low to stop a near certain Monaghan goal.But he picked up the ball from the ground and gave away a free to Monaghan. Conor McManus kicked the point of his hands and levels the scoring at 3 points each.Dessie Moan looked like he would score on 15 minutes but he pumped his shot wide of the posts – his second wide of the game.Donegal’s second wide of the game came on 17 minutes when Conor McFadden’s left-footed shop sails wide.On 19 minutes Ryan McHugh looked certain to score a point but his shot hits the upright but no Donegal players are in the box to catch the rebound. Up the pitch Dessie Moan fell down under a challenge from Michael Murphy in an off-the-ball tackle. Monaghan believe it is a ‘black card’ offence but the referee doesn’t agree.Donegal get their third wide on 24 minutes when full back Neil McGee goes through but his right-footed shot curled wide.Monaghan take the lead for the first time when Owen Duffy took a great 40 ft pass and in one move he fires over the Donegal bar.Donegal’s Neil McGee and Monaghan’s Conor McManus both receive yellow cards on 27 minutes for an off-the-ball incident.And Donegal’s defence was lacking again when on 29 minutes Monaghan’s Kieran Duffy catches a high ball and drills over the bar.Monaghan stretched their lead to five points.Then on 31 minutes Conor McManus scores after Christy Toye is forced hand pass the ball away.That’s five points in a row from Monaghan with no reply from Donegal who haven’t scored in 25 minutes.Micheal Murphy scores on 33 minutes from a free to cut the Monaghan lead to two points.Christy Toye is taken off and is replaced by Martin O’Reilly.But Monaghan stretched their lead by to three points with a 30 yard shot from Dessie Moan. 0-7 to 04 to Monaghan.The 35 minutes were up but the referee is playing an one minute of extra time.And Conor McManus adds more to Donegal’s woes when he picked up a wayward pass from Michael Murphy and scores.0-8 to 0-4 to Monghan at the end of the first half.HALF TIME IN ULSTER SENIOR FOOTBALL FINAL: DONEGAL 0-4 V 0-8 MONAGHAN was last modified: July 19th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:HALF TIME IN ULSTER SENIOR FOOTBALL FINAL: DONEGAL 0-4 V 0-8 MONAGHANlast_img read more

‘Remedy’ just a lousy trick?

‘Remedy’ just a lousy trick?

first_imgCHICAGO – Parents who paid $285 for an experimental head lice treatment for their children might be scratching their own heads now that the doctor selling the stuff says it’s really a skin cleanser available for less than $10 a bottle at drugstores nationwide. Dr. Dale Pearlman got widespread media attention and skepticism from some experts last year when the journal Pediatrics published his study detailing results with a product he called Nuvo lotion. He described it as a “dry-on suffocation-based pediculocide” and the first in a new class of nontoxic lotions for head lice. His Web site claimed the costly treatment was available only at his Menlo Park, Calif., office. But now, in a letter to the editor for release today in December’s Pediatrics, Pearlman says the treatment “was actually Cetaphil cleanser,” made by a company he has nothing to do with and available over the counter nationwide and abroad. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The letter “kind of blows the cover,” said University of Minnesota medical ethicist Dr. Jeffrey Kahn, who called Pearlman’s failure until now to disclose his product’s true identity ethically troubling. “He seems to imply that you could do it yourself” – something patients, as well as doctors and Pediatrics’ peer reviewers who read last year’s study, would have wanted to know, Kahn said. “You don’t pull tricks on your colleagues and the peer review.” Leonard Fleck, a Michigan State University medical ethicist, said Pearlman’s lack of disclosure in the original study made it impossible for other scientists to test his methods. “At the very least, there’s deception there for reasons of self-interest,” Fleck said. Pearlman acknowledged that he didn’t disclose the information until now “because I wanted to get rich” and hoped pharmaceutical companies would offer him money to further develop a Cetaphil-based product for head lice. When that didn’t happen, he decided to write the letter. “I thought it would be so fun to make the world a better place by telling everyone about this,” Pearlman said in a phone interview. He would not say how many patients had sought the treatment or how much money he’d made on it since his study was published. He said they were given bottles of Nuvo and were told the treatment was part of his research, but were not told they were getting Cetaphil. Pearlman said his treatment should still be considered novel because it uses Cetaphil in a new way – having patients apply the lotion and dry it with a hair dryer to suffocate head lice. Diagnostic testing makes the in-office price worth it, Pearlman said. Brent Petersen, communications manager for Cetaphil’s maker, Galderma Laboratories LP of Fort Worth, Texas, called Pearlman’s tactics “a bit misleading” and said nobody at the company knew anything about Pearlman’s use of Cetaphil before being told of his letter. “We’ll obviously look into it,” Petersen said. He said Cetaphil’s label clearly states that it is a skin cleanser and that Galderma has no data confirming or denying that it is an effective head-lice treatment. A spokeswoman for the California Medical Board said that there is no public record of any disciplinary action against Pearlman but that complaints and investigations are not public information. Dr. Jerold Lucey, Pediatrics’ editor, called Pearlman “a bit of a huckster” and said that, in hindsight, when Pearlman submitted his study “I probably (should) have said: ‘We can’t publish this if you can’t tell us what it is.”‘ However, said Lucey, “You’ve got to give him points for writing” to set the record straight. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Picture special: Donegal Super Rally Quiz in aid of Donegal Down Syndrome

Picture special: Donegal Super Rally Quiz in aid of Donegal Down Syndrome

first_imgThe first Donegal Super Rally Quiz took place last night at Arena 7 as motorsport enthusiasts pitted their wits against each other – all in the name of charity. The idea was the brainchild of local business man and top line Rally co driver Rory Kennedy who got together with Aidan Caddye and Steven Sheridan who are both enthusiastic rally followers.The guys decided that Donegal Down Syndrome was to be their chosen charity. Danny McMenamin who is a keen Rally competitor has a son with Down Syndrome offered his services as soon as he heard about the idea. Photographer Brian McDaid, also a big rally supporter, was on hand to capture the attendance…Denis Ferry’s car on show for the Rally Quiz in aid of Down Syndrome at Arena 7Paddy O’Donnell, Seamus Hegarty, Paddy Mc Fadden, Kevin Bradley and Conor Curley.Ciaran Wheelan, Charlie McGinty, Trevor McConnell Alister Glen and Mark McMullinEamon Gallagher and Angus Lawrie at the quizPaul Crumlish and Eric Quinn at the quizTony Boyle, Eamonn Gillespie and Joe SharpeTom Higgins John Crumlish Danny Mc Menamin and Cynthia FureyAdrian Caddye, Steven Sheridan and Conor CurleyPaul Kennedy and Sheila Mc ManaminKen Graham Garden Noble Gary Milligan and Robbie Mc GurkHappy faces at the Motor Club quiz at Arena 7 for Down syndromeSterling Taylor and Damian Mc ElhinneyGary Doherty, Cyntha and Ivan Furey.Damien Gallagher, Paul Gary, Shane Laverty, Pauric Mc Ginley and Anthony Mc Taggart.Eamon Gallagher Trevor Mc Connell and Marty Gallagher.Vincent Collins and Manus Kelly at the Motorclug Quiz in Aid of Down syndrome at Arena 7Picture special: Donegal Super Rally Quiz in aid of Donegal Down Syndrome was last modified: January 19th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Slackpacking in the Cederberg

Slackpacking in the Cederberg

first_imgThe magnificent mountainous region of the Cederberg. (Image: South African Tourism) The Cederberg scenery can change dramatically, dropping down sharply into green, vegetated kloofs. (Image: South African Tourism) Rock art found in the Cederberg. (Image: South African Tourism) While it may have lessened the load the hikers had to carry, the donkey cart didn’t ensure a complete lack of discomfort. (Image: Shaen Adey)Fiona McintoshI’m an avid hiker, but as I’ve got older – no, let’s not been so harsh – wiser and more mature, I’ve found the logistics of multi-day hiking in South Africa somewhat taxing.Much as I love escaping to the wilderness for a few days, the thought of cramming my tent, sleeping bag, clothes and dehydrated rather than “proper” food into my rucksack (for a foodie like me the worst sacrifice) and then lugging it on my back for the duration of the trail, is almost guaranteed to put me off.So it was with some delight that I discovered a clutch of new multi-day hiking trails where your bags are transported between overnight spots while you walk with just your camera, lunch and a waterproof in your daypack.Slackpacking“Slackpacking”, as this refined form of hiking is coined, has long been popular in the US, New Zealand and Europe but has only caught on in South Africa in the last decade. But its growth has been fast and there are now at least 30 slackpacking trails in the country. Most are along spectacular sections of the coastline, but a few criss-cross mountain wilderness areas that were previously the preserve of only the fit and self-sufficient, khaki-shorted, hardy hiker.The latest addition to the fold is the Cederberg Heritage Route (CHR). In common with many other slackpacking trails, the CHR is much more than just a hiking trail. The guided three- to five-day route options include cultural visits and rock art tours.It offers unique Cederberg experiences that give the visitor an exceptional insight into the spectacular natural and cultural landscape of this remote corner of the Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site.Back into the pastOn day one, however, I was questioning my choice of trail. Our group, mainly in their 50s, had spent a delightful morning exploring the rock art sites of the Jan Dissels River Valley. David Swart, a local guide trained up as part of Clanwilliam’s Living Landscape Project, was passionate about his job and could barely control his enthusiasm for the paintings.He bounded from site to site, squatting down to show us ochre-coloured eland, tiny outlines of fat-tailed sheep, and the distinctive depictions of shamans and explaining the trance scenes and the pressure points.He took us back a couple of millennia to when San and, later, Khoi people lived in this beautiful valley; made us stand out at the edge of the shelters so as to understand importance of aspect in the choice of sacred sites and cave dwellings and captivated us with the rich heritage of the Cederberg.It was a pleasant, leisurely walk, and by the time we’d retraced our steps and driven the short distance to the lunch-stop at the grave of Louis Leipoldt (a famous local poet, doctor botanist and cook), we had shaken off the stresses of the city and were enjoying the pace of life in the mountains.Then came the donkey cart ride. It sounded innocuous enough, a sedate transfer from the top of the Pakhuis Pass some 12km down the 4×4 track to Heuningvlei, one of the old mission villages nestled under the towering Krakadouw Peak. Once the donkeys had been rounded up and harnessed, we clambered onto the traditional wooden carts and waved David goodbye.Hanging on for dear lifeThe donkey cart is still the main form of transport in the area and the three pairs in the train clearly knew the ropes. But it was not all smooth going. Potholes had developed in the sandy track following a bout of unusually severe winter rain, so the initial uphill stage was far from smooth, while the descents were quite terrifying as the donkeys, knowing that they were homeward bound, chafed at the bit.Our toothless driver attempted to slow us down occasionally by ramming his foot on the brake – a piece of old car tyre attached to the back wheels – but it was obvious, if unnerving, that he was perfectly comfortable with the pace.We hung on for dear life, knuckles white as we bounced up and down on the cushions covering the hard wooden benches, hoping that the donkeys could canter faster than the cart’s gathering momentum. At the bottom of each hill the pace would slacken allowing our thumping hearts to calm down before the next charge.It was exhilarating stuff and we arrived at Heuningvlei in need of a stiff drink. The thorough pre-trip notes had warned that there was no alcohol to be had in the mission villages, so we’d secreted some whisky (and a couple of wine boxes) in our bags. Under the circumstances, it was a wise precaution – this is, after all, a trail for those who like life’s spoils.Home comfortsOur luggage was unloaded and Anna Ockhuis welcomed us into her home, one of the community guesthouses that accommodate hikers. Although new to the game, and by no means fluent in English, the villagers have embraced this new venture and what they lack in sophistication, they more than make up for in warm hospitality.The Cederberg has a couple of basic stone huts in the wilderness area but until the trail was developed there was nothing more comfortable. Now, as we were experiencing, you can hike all day and arrive at a village to find a cup of tea, hot shower, wholesome meal and a soft bed waiting.In keeping with the aims of the trail – to spread the benefits wide – our chefs, Rene Veloen and her mum Helena Ockhuis (the Ockhuis’ were the original farm owners and every second person we met seemed to carry the surname), were from different households and they appeared soon after our arrival to ask what time we’d like to dine.Supper arrived on the dot – a vast meal of meatballs, chicken, braaivleis, boerewors sweet potatoes, a local specialty sous bonntjies (beans in curry sauce) and fresh salad presented by our beaming chefs. I’d stated that I was vegetarian and was impressed by the varied offerings. There was always a tasty tuna bake, macaroni cheese or vegetable hotpot laid out.Helena giggled when we asked what the rich sponge dessert was. “I call it telephone pudding,” she explained. “It’s so quick to make that I can do it in the space of a phone call.”On the Wuppertal trailFrom Heuningvlei, the routes diverge with hikers on the five-day Wuppertal trail spending the next day either hiking or swimming among the incredible rock formations, rare cedar trees and wild flowers or, if they are strong hikers, scaling Krakadouw Peak for its spectacular views. They then spend a second night at Heuningvlei before continuing on the trail, via the village of Brugkraal, down to the Moravian Midssion village of Wuppertal, the oldest settlement in the region.Our route led up from behind the village to Krakadouw Pass. It was a magnificent hike. Our guide, Joey – you guessed it – Ockhuis, has lived in the valley all his life. He took us to a rock shelter with some poorly-preserved paintings where one of his friends had lived for 35 years while working on the road to Pakhuis Pass. We’d come down that road the previous day and he pointed out a well-preserved stone canal system, which carried water to what had been the garden.We stopped for a quick break at the stone hikers’ hut at base of Krakadouw Peak, wishing that we had the extra day to scramble up to its craggy summit, and then headed on up to the neck. The path steepened, but was surprisingly well maintained with stone steps and rainwater channels.A diverse landscapeThe great walls of Krakadouw rose above us punctuating the deep blue sky, and at the saddle the exposed, weathered sandstone rocks were a burnt orange – a stunning backdrop to the clusters of purple and pink everlastings.Once over the pass, the scenery changed dramatically. We dropped down sharply into a green, vegetated kloof and enjoyed the shade provided by stands of yellowwoods. Joey held out some small plants for us to taste – yum yums – a sweet, refreshing clover. After a couple of hours the gradient eased off and a round fort came into view on the ridge above us.“The British built this blockhouse in 1901 during the Anglo-Boer War,” Joey told us. We had no idea that the troops had penetrated so far into this mountainous terrain.Below us we could see the Boskloof cottages and the end of the trail. We sauntered along the river, enjoying the sunshine and the yellow daisies. Although no walk in the park, the pace and terrain of the hiking section had not caused our averagely-fit group any problems.Our celebratory braai that night, in Klein Boschkloof, a delightful guesthouse on a citrus farm, was under a star-studded sky the like of which I have never seen. The Cederberg is only two hours from Cape Town yet there was not a single artificial light to be seen. It’s a rare privilege to venture so deep into the mountains and to experience life in the communities. It had been a very, very special trail.For reservations contact Cederberg African Travel, tel +27 (0) 27 482 2444, email info@cedarberg.co.za or visit www.cedheroute.co.za.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Fiona McIntosh is the author of Slackpacking: A Guide to South Africa’s Top Leisure Trails, published by Sunbird. Related articlesUnforgettable South African hiking trails The adventure starts here South Africa’s tourist highlights World heritage in South Africa Useful linksCederberg Heritage Traillast_img read more

2010 Winter Olympics iPhone Apps

2010 Winter Olympics iPhone Apps

first_imgOther Mobile Olympics Apps Although the iPhone is the leading mobile apps platform for Olympics coverage, you don’t necessarily need to have an iPhone to join in on the action. A good example is Foursquare’s partnership with the New York Times, to provide reviews of local venues and offer new badges for those in the area. You’ll be able to do all of the usual Foursquare things with your iPhone or any other smartphone, but in addition enjoy restaurant reviews and tips from the writers of the New York Times. That app can be found here.Let us know in the comments if you have a favorite Olympics iPhone (or other phone) app! iPhone applications are no longer just toys for techies. There are now thousands of iPhone apps in the App Store designed for mainstream usage. Yesterday we looked at examples of health and fitness iPhone apps, today we check out what’s available for a current big sporting event: the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.There were relatively slim pickings, but at least one Winter Olympics app that is a must-have for sports fans!The Official AppsThe official 2010 Olympics app goes by the unwieldy title of 2010Guide – Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games: The Official Mobile Spectator Guide. The app is free and is described as “a location-aware schedule” for more than 2,000 sport and cultural events between 12-28 February, 2010. It lets you create a personalized itinerary, with the help of maps to over 80 venues. It features real-time results for every sport, news headlines, photos and twitter streams.For users actually attending the Olympics, the apps tells you ‘what’s on now’ close to your current location – which is a nice geo-location touch. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Apple#mobile#NYT#Real World#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts center_img You may also want to check out the iPhone apps of Olympic broadcasters CTV and NBC. One nice feature of the NBC app is the ability to follow athletes on Twitter and Facebook. However, according to Chad Skelton of The Vancouver Sun, the official guide app is “head and shoulders above the other two.”The Unofficial AppsThere aren’t a great deal of unofficial Olympics iPhone apps. However, one that might come in handy for TV watchers is Olympic Games and Sports Rules and Records by SportLogik. It lists the rules, a glossary of terms and the equipment used for over 70 sports. It also boasts “complete Olympic records for every Summer and Winter Olympic game ever held.” It’s literally a font of all knowledge for the Winter Olympics, although it’s text-heavy and not very exciting.Of course there are some Olympics-themed gaming apps for iPhone. A good example is Ski Jump Lite (there’s also a premium version). What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … richard macmanus The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

BRiefs: Dakshina

BRiefs: Dakshina

first_imgVikram S. Pandit, who took a token salary of $1 during the last two years, making him Wall Street’s lowest paid chief executive, has been rewarded with a $23 million retention package, catapulting him to the highest paid bank executives in the country.Pandit received $16.5 million in stock and options and a $6.65 million cash payment from the company’s profit-sharing program for top executives.Richard S. Parsons, Citigroup’s chairman, said in a statement: “Vikram has done an outstanding job since coming on board as the financial crisis began. This award is designed to retain Vikram as our C.E.O. and reward him for future performance benefiting the company and our shareholders.”H1B Anyone?The once-coveted H-1B visa program that attracted hundreds of thousands of technology professionals to the United States in the past decade has lost its glitter.The number of petitions field in April, when the process is opened up for the next fiscal year, has fallen to a sixth of the peak in 2009.According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the program received just 8,000 H-1B petitions in April, down from 16,500 petitions in April 2010 and 45,000 in April 2009.The weak economy and increase in H1-B fees to $2,000 from $325 is behind the weak appeal of the visas. The Sound of Music at MITAmar Bose, the 81-year-old founder of Bose Corp., which makes high-end sound systems and headphones, has donated the majority of the company’s stock to MIT, from which he received his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. in electrical engineering and later taught on its faculty.MIT is receiving non-voting shares, which it cannot sell, and the school will not participate in the management or governance of the company, which employs 9,000 people in Framingham, Mass. Forbes estimates Bose’s net worth at $1 billion. Falling Out Of FavorEmerging economies are losing their luster for global fund investors and India is among their least preferred investment destination.A survey of 188 fund managers in February by Merrill Lynch found that India was the least favored market in the Asia Pacific region, as a result of inflation, rising crude prices and corruption scandals.Overall, fund managers are overweight on emerging markets at a plus 29%, but are underweight on India at minus 47%, which ranks just above Chile. Related Itemslast_img read more

Govt mum as Delhi schools flout nursery rule

Govt mum as Delhi schools flout nursery rule

first_imgIt appears even a law cannot stop private schools in the Capital from discriminating in nursery admissions. Though the Right to Education (RTE) Act bans schools from profiling parents to give admission to children, several schools have made parents’ profession an admission criterion.The Delhi government had earlier warned schools against doing this. But the education department is yet to initiate any action against the schools which have announced points for parents’ professions. The admission criteria of four branches of Delhi Public School – RK Puram, Mathura Road, Vasant Kunj and Rohini – and Bal Bhawan School in Mayur Vihar favours kids whose parents belong to specific professions.While the Mathura Road and RK Puram branches of DPS have done it indirectly by awarding points to parents who have participated in Asiad, Commonwealth Games or Olympics, others have set aside as many as 10 points for certain professions.Click here to EnlargeThis is a blatant violation of the provisions of the RTE Act and the admission guidelines issued by the state government on November 15 last year. Making parents’ profession or education an admission criterion is perceived as discriminatory since the children of businessmen, housewives, parents in other professions and those who are lesser qualified find it tough to get admission.Under the RTE Act, every child has the right to get education irrespective of whether his/ her parents are educated or not and what they do for a living. Principals of none of these schools, except DPS RK Puram, could be reached for comments despite repeated attempts.advertisementAnd the line of defence adopted by D. R. Saini, principal of DPS, RK Puram, was unsatisfactory. “The question of discriminating on the basis of parents’ professional background does not arise as sport is not a profession,” he said.Education department officials said the schools resorting to parents’ profiling were on their radar. ” We are watching them and will soon take action. The department’s stand against profiling is very clear. Awarding point to parents who are, say, national awardees, clearly amounts to discrimination. Children whose parents are not achievers will clearly suffer because of this,” an official said.The government’s wait- andwatch approach, however, could mean that the schools could be let off easily this year also.The admission of children on the basis of parents’ educational and/ or professional background had raised a storm last year, too. But the government woke up only after most schools had wrapped up their admission process.The schools got away with the discrimination since it was too late to scrap their admissions. Delhi’s education minister Arvinder Singh Lovely, who had warned schools against making parents’ profile an admission criterion, was not available for comment despite repeated attempts.Parents of tiny tots are upset with the schools as well as the government. “The government has failed to make an example of the erring schools in the past. So they have no fear,” said a parent. Sumit Vohra, founder of admissionsnursery.com , said: “The government was supposed to vet the admission criteria of all the schools. The fact that these schools have openly declared their discriminatory criteria means the education department officials have failed to do their job.”NO FEAR OF ACTIONWhat is the rule on profiling of parents? The RTE Act and the admission guidelines of the Delhi government prohibit private schools from profiling children on the basis of their parents profession/ educationWhy is it so?Every child has the right to get education irrespective of whether his/ her parents are educated or uneducated and what they do for a livingWhat action can an erring school invite?Delhi’s education minister had warned schools that admissions would be scrapped if they flouted itWhy have schools ignored this rule?The government develops a cold feet in taking action. Also, the admission process is already over by the time the government wakes uplast_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli bags first ODI duck since August 27, 2014

ICC Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli bags first ODI duck since August 27, 2014

first_imgVirat Kohli was sent back for a five-ball duck by Nuwan Pradeep as Sri Lanka sought to fight back against India in a crucial Group B match at the ICC Champions Trophy at The Oval on Thursday.Expectedly, there was stunned silence across the ground where thousands of Indian supporters had flooded in to cheer the Men in Blue. It’s not very often, after all, that Kohli flops in one-day cricket (or in any format for that matter).India had got off to a rousing start, thanks to Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, who added 138 for the opening wicket. Kohli walked in after Rohit had fallen to Mumbai Indians teammate Lasith Malinga for 78. (Also read: Virat Kohli sole Indian in Forbes list of highest paid athletes)Loud cheers from the Indian contingent greeted Kohli, who is undoubedly the most entertaining batsman in the world. Moreover, his unbeaten 81 in the previous match against Pakistan had raised expectations further. Halfway through the innings, the stage was set for another Kohli special.But the India skipper lasted only five balls at the crease and edged a Pradeep delivery to wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella. Kohli was done in by the seaam movement and extra pace and one could argue that the shot was too risky given a slip was waiting for perhaps just that shot.Incidentally, Kohli’s last duck in ODIs had also come in England against the hosts in Cardiff on August 27, 2014. That duck had underlined a horrid tour for Kohli, who has since blossomed as the best batsman in world cricket.advertisementBetween these two ducks, Kohli has amassed runs all over the world and smashed eight hundreds and nine half-centuries, some of which are already part of cricketing folklore.Kohli was in peak form during India’s packed Test season and had become the first batsman to score double hundreds in four successive series. He struggled a bit against Australia in the four-Test series and had an indifferent IPL.last_img read more